Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cleaning for Company

Holiday company comes and then they leave. Excitment followed by let-down. The game is great, but it's over and we all go back to normal. No wonder January is so depressing!

The Lord has made us His temple. We are not our own, we are His sheep in His pasture. We are His property bought at great expense to Himself. Unlike the guests after holidays, He doesn't go home. His team doesn't lose. In fact, we are His team! We are always conquerors. Life is bigger than "the game." We are His workmanship trained for His purpose. What a coach! He's not leaving for a better job, and we will never be traded away!

Back to the first point: CLEANING FOR COMPANY. I was struck by the quote by J. Owen. "Many cannot meditate because their minds are so cluttered up with earthly things. The mind must be spiritual and holy, freed from earthly things . . . So many are strangers to this duty because they do not mortify their earthly desire and concerns."

Trying to think seriously on the things in the Word which God has for us becomes almost impossible when the mind is cluttered with junk! Like trying to swim with cement flippers on!

"Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (II Cor. 7:1)

The GREAT NEWS: HE DOES THE CLEANSING, NOT US! "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" (Prov. 20:9) "Create a clean heart in me, O God." We could never do a thorough enough job by ourselves. Only self-righteous gloating would result, a pitiful dusting at best. His cleansing by the blood of His Son was complete and everlasting. He doesn't have to come again next week with brooms and mops.

Let us open the door for the Master to comfortably dwell in our temple, and let us continue to walk humbly with our God. What a privilege!


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